Half-Moon Banana Pastries Recipe | Chinese Cuisine
These crunchy pastries are rather dry, and are traditionally served with a cup of Chinese tea. TIME: Preparation takes about 25 minutes, resting time for the dough is 30 minutes and cooking takes approximately 20 minutes. VARIATION: Make up the. pastries using different fruit fillings. COOK’S TIP: The cooked dough in this recipe is very crisp. Serve the pastries with a fruit drink in summer and hot Chinese tea in winter. WATCHPOINT: Be sure to seal the edges of the pastries thoroughly so that no filling escapes during cooking.
- 1/2 cup margarine
- 1 lb all-purpose flour, sifted
- Pinch salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 bananas
- 2 tsps sugar
- Pinch cinnamon
- Few drops of lemon juice
- 1 egg yolk, beaten
- Cut the margarine into the flour and salt. Using your fingers, incorporate the water gradually to form a ball. Wrap a damp cloth around the dough and leave it to rest in a cool place for 30 minutes.
- Peel and crush the bananas with a fork. Add the sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Mix together well.
- Roll out small pieces of dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into circles. Place a little of the banana filling on each round of dough. Fold into half-moon shapes and seal the edges first by pinching together with your fingers and then by decorating with a fork.
- Continue until all the dough and filling have been used.
- Brush the beaten egg yolk over the half-moon pastries. Pierce the pastries once to allow steam to escape during cooking. Cook in a moderate oven, 350°F, for approximately 20 minutes, until crisp and golden.